We like to get dinner on the table in a flash and this lentil kale soup is a perfect option. I'm loving the options for quick-cooked legumes. Enter the lentil! It's so versatile to use in recipes. Use them in soups, casseroles, salads, and even appetizers.
They're so nutritious for you, offering a healthy nutrient punch of 18 grams of protein in 1 cup, 15 grams of fiber, high doses of folate, potassium, iron, B vitamins and less than 1 gram of fat, they are a fantastic choice if you're eating a plant-based diet. I added some potato and other veggies to make this the ultra hearty, well rounded and so satisfying, it could very well be considered a meal.
Eating lentils on a plant-based diet is an easy option, especially when products on the market like boxed beans take the time out to cook them. Take, for instance, these pre-made lentils from Trader Joes. You can, of course, make them yourself, as they are one of the quicker legumes to cook. But if you are looking to make a meal in a short amount of time, this is the way to go!
I love how the kale in this lentil kale soup becomes so tender. It makes enough to keep for left-overs or to serve to guests. This soup also freezes well, so you can make some ahead of time and reheat little to-go containers for when you need a quick and easy lunch on the run.
The garlic and veggies in this soup make a delicious, nutritious and powerful way to ward off a cold or any bugs floating around during these cold months. I especially enjoy serving this dish for Christmas, as the soup itself feels very festive, comforting, and homey. This is one dish the entire family will remember.
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